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50 BEST Date Ideas To Try Out This Year

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Written by: Kat Gal

My husband and I don’t prefer the term “date.” We like to spend time together, connect and explore new things regularly without the label. Yet, society would call our movie nights, cooking adventures, trips and creative explorations, dates.

Whether you call it a date or not, it is important to get out of your daily routine regularly and spend good quality time together even if you’ve been a couple for a long time.

Dates allow you:

  • To show and to experience your love for each other
  • Keep the spark alive in your relationship
  • Connect on a deeper level
  • Show your commitment
  • Have fun
  • Show your love and care for each other
  • Take a break from doing and start experiencing
  • Experience something new together
  • Make memories
  • Grow together
  • Keep your relationship a priority

If you are busy, it is best to schedule dates on your calendar so that you can stick to it without forgetting about it.

Here are 50 awesome date ideas to try!

1. Make dinner together. Set up the table nicely, light candles and savor every moment.

2. Go for a long bike ride together. Go slow and explore your surroundings.

3. Play tourist in your own neighbourhood. Take fun pictures.

4. Go for a picnic. Pack healthy, organic whole foods and raw desserts.

5. Have a picnic indoors on your living room floor. This is a great idea in the winter time.

6. Go to the movies. Take your own healthy snacks.

7. Make a vision board together. It is a fun way to manifest your future together.

8. Read a book together. It is a quiet date, but you will still connect energetically.

9. Visit an animal shelter. You don’t have to adopt a pet to play with some puppies or kittens.

10. Volunteer at an event or at a food drive. Connecting while giving back is a beautiful way to experience love.

11. Go for a weekend get-away. If money is tight, stay at a hostel or couchsurf.

12. Make art together. You don’t have to be an artist to play with some colors.

13. Take fun photos of each other. Get creative, it can be a hilarious activity.

14. Go to the theater, the opera, or a ballet. Get dressed up and enjoy the show.

15. Go bowling. This is a classic, but one of the best times.

16. Try a new sport together. Wall-climbing, squash, or martial arts, anyone?

17. Go to a concert. I am partial to this one, because my romance with my husband began at a show.

18. Go to a paint and wine bar. You will actually feel like an artist.

19. Cook or bake something together. Find a new recipe and explore together.

20. Cook for each other. Take turns each week and surprise each other.

21. Have breakfast in bed. Then of course, stay in and cuddle for a while.

22. Play a board game. Oh, to be a kid again!

23. Take a dance class together. Don’t be afraid to step on each other’s’ toes, it’s part of the learning process.

24. Go bird watching. Exploring nature in the early morning is a unique experience.

25. Watch the sunset together. List reasons why you love each other and count your blessings as the sun goes down.

26. Watch the sunrise together. This calls for an early morning, but is completely worth it.

27. Go for a hike. Exploring nature together allows opportunity for connecting with each other and the entire universe at the same time.

28. Meditate together. Meditation is a unique way to connect while being present.

29. Take a brewery or winery tour. You don’t have to be a drinker at all to enjoy these tours. I don’t drink ever, but I still love the fun nature and the learning process.

30. Take a class together. Pick anything – language, art, cooking, writing, history etc. – but connect through learning something new.

31. Do a ropes course. There is no better way to develop trust.

32. Wander a bookstore or a library. Digital books may be convenient, but can never replace the real thing. Show each other your finds.

33. Go to the grocery store or the farmers market together. Exploring new foods together is fun: read labels and swap ideas.

34. Go to an art gallery. Admire the artwork while holding hands.

35. Make a bucket list together. List your goals and dreams and hang them somewhere visible.

36. Do a mud run or color run together. Don’t be afraid to get dirty and silly.

37. Play a childhood game. Share your favorite games from your time as kids.

38. Play a card game. Don’t get too competitive, just have fun.

39. Get a couples massage together. It is a relaxing experience, trust me.

40. Watch the stars. Try to notice as many constellations as possible.

41. Go for a (small) road trip and take the scenic route. Make frequent stops for kisses and photos.

42. Play with disposable cameras. Turn back time, turn off your phone or digital cameras and take pictures with film, then laugh at the results.

43. Take a carriage ride. This is cheesy, but classic and romantic.

44. Give each other massages. This is free, but romantic and relaxing. Do this often.

45. Explore a flea market or some garage sales. Some of the finds will make you laugh.

46. Go fruit picking. Apple picking or other fruit picking is a joyful activity in nature and an opportunity to stock up on delicious goodies.

47. Write poetry together. Write every first line and allow your partner to write every second one.

48. Do some doorbell ditching with yummy (healthy) treats together for friends and neighbors.

49. Redecorate one or more of the rooms in your home together. Change up some of the furniture positions.

50. Be lazy and stay in all day. There is nothing better than staying cozy, connecting and smiling together.

If you are looking for gift ideas for your loved one, check out this article on the best presents you can get for health conscious souls.

What was the best date you’ve ever been on? Do you have regular date nights with your significant other? Do you have any date tips? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below!

 

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Holistic Health & Happiness Coach at Kat Gal Coaching

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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The Amazing Healing Power Of Cat Purrs

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I am 32 years old and while my friends are either having or hoping to have children soon, I have no interest in that. What I really want is a furbaby – otherwise known as a CAT.

Yep, I am a cat-crazy girl named Kat.

Unfortunately, I have never had a cat… my mother never allowed it when I was a child and as an adult, it simply hasn’t fit with my nomadic lifestyle. But the time has come: 2016 will be the year of the cat for me.

Why do I want a cat?

Because cats are the coolest (don’t even argue on that with me!) and the best pet to have! Here’s why:

  • Cats are low maintenance. You don’t have take them out for walks, like you need to do with dogs.
  • They are independent. They even take care of their bathroom business alone.
  • They are full of love. And cats don’t just love you because you are ‘their human,’ but because they also love you for YOU.
  • They are smart and full of personality.
  • They are cute. Don’t believe me? Go watch some cat videos, NOW!

What is even more interesting is that cats have healing powers – or rather, their purrs do.

A Brief History Of Cats

I am not the first one in history who has an appreciation for cats. In fact, the strong bond between cats and humans dates back for as long as history can remember.

  • The oldest remains of a young wild cat buried with a human was found in Cyprus. The remains are about 9,500 years old.
  • In Ancient Egypt, cats were loved and worshiped. Their goddess of war and protection, Bastet, is a woman with the head of a cat. Beyond Egypt, cats were loved around the whole world among many cultures.
  • Chinese farmers worshiped Li-Shou, the Chinese cat god for protecting their crops from mice and rats. The Polish cat god, Ovinnik, was believed to chase away evil spirits. Ai-apaec was the name of the Peruvian cat god. Ceridwen, a Welsh goddess, was attended by white cats to help her in the human world.

Now let’s leave history alone and forget about personal preferences of pets for now. Let’s look at the real science behind the healing powers of cats.

The Healing Power Of A Cat’s Purr

A recent study found a cats purr to be medically therapeutic when in the range of 25 – 150 Hz. People who own cats also seem to have suffer less from health conditions, get better sleep and are 40% less likely to have a heart attack, simply because cats that are loved and being cared for help their ‘human’ to relax.

Cat purr vibrations can help you with:

  • Pain relief
  • Wound recovery
  • Muscle growth
  • Muscle repair
  • Tendon repair
  • Bone recovery and growth
  • Joint mobility
  • Dyspnea
  • Shortness of breath

What If You Are Allergic To Cats?

There are hypoallergenic cat breeds you can consider, including:

  • Balinese-Javanese
  • Cornish Rex
  • Devon Rex
  • Siberian
  • Sphynx
  • Bengal
  • Burmese
  • Siamese
  • Russian Blue
  • Ocicat
  • Oriental Shorthair

If you are looking to get a cat, make sure to go to the Humane Society or look around your community for kittens that need a good home. Remember that, while cats are sweet and are apparently good for your health, they are also a big responsibility. Make sure you have the right environment, time and love for them.

Are you a cat person? Do you have a cat? Tell us about him or her! Better yet, show us a picture – we would love to see your fur-babies. Share with us in the comments below!

 

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Holistic Health & Happiness Coach at Kat Gal Coaching

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

 

 

 

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10 Benefits Of Kissing: Backed By Chemistry

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My first kiss with my husband – then boyfriend – was much anticipated on a winter day over 8 years ago. Needless to say, many kisses have followed since.

Our first as husband and wife was to seal our love and our commitment to each other. We have a picture, but the memory in our hearts is what keeps it safe forever.

Our last kiss was a sweet, loving exchange maybe an hour ago while cleaning up the dishes together after dinner.

Our next kiss is still a mystery, but I am sure I won’t have to wait too long.

Kissing is a beautiful and enjoyable exchange between two people. It is a measure of your feelings, an expression of your love, attraction and passion for each other. Kissing is not only loving, fun and exciting, but it is also a powerful mood booster, helping your self-esteem and confidence skyrocket.

The release of oxytocin peptides and serotonin in your body can make you feel high on life – or shall we say, high on love.

Kissing really is one of the most powerful natural drugs out there. Here are 10 magical benefits of kissing and why it feels so amazing.

1. Kissing is a physical pain reliever. When you feel good, you feel less pain. But there is science behind this. Kissing increases your body’s threshold for pain-receptor activation and also helps the release of endorphins from your brain. Endorphins are pain-relieving happy hormones; they hinder pain pathways, thus providing you with instant pain relief.

Kissing may be beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain due to autoimmune disorders or malignant cancer. From personal experience, I can say that kissing has helped me decrease headache pain.

2. Kissing may lower your blood pressure. When you are kissing, your blood vessels dilate and may cause a decrease in blood pressure, providing pain relief and lowering stress levels. If you are dealing with hypertension or if it runs in your family, more kissing is on your personal prescription.

3. Kissing can improve your heart health. Kissing not only expresses your loving feelings coming from your heart, but may also cause a decrease in the sympathetic tone of it. As a result, it reduces physical and psychological stress that may lead to heart issues.

4. Kissing can boost your immunity and help with your allergies. Kissing doesn’t only keep you active, but also increases the activity of your immune cells to fight germs through the production of IgA antibodies. Kissing can lower IgE antibodies, therefore lowering the release of histamine from mast cells that are the reason for your allergic reactions.

5. Kissing improves oral hygiene. By boosting salivation, kissing leads to the release of enzymes that clean up plaque that could otherwise lead to cavities and decay in the future. If you keep on kissing (and brushing your teeth, of course!), your dentist will be proud.

6. Kissing improves your mood and decreases your stress levels. When you are kissing, your brain feels like it’s on some good drugs as a result of the release of dopamine and serotonin, your brain’s favorite mood elevating hormones.

Kissing releases oxytocin and endorphins as well. Oxytocin can increase the romantic bond between you and your kissing mate, while endorphins can calm you down. Furthermore, adrenaline (a stress hormone) production will decrease, making you feel even more calm. No wonder kissing can make you feel so good, loved, happy and confident.

7. Kissing may relieve menstrual cramps. Ladies, this one is for us. Remember your endorphins? They inhibit pain. Because kissing releases endorphins and also leads to blood vessel dilation, your cramps can lighten up. Now you have science to back you up when you need some extra gentle loving during that time of the month.

8. Kissing may relieve migraines and headaches. As I have shared in point #1, it works. Because your blood vessels dilate and all the happy hormones (dopamine, serotonin and endorphins) are being released during kissing, your headaches may decrease or even disappear. No more tylenol, sumatriptans, or other drugs: all you need is a good old kissing session.

9. Kissing can improve the tone of your facial muscles. Kissing involves all of your 34 facial and 112 postural muscles. It is kind of like a facial workout that can increase the tone of your muscles, leading to more effective communication through showing the right facial expression in every situation. Kissing may help you tone your neck and could relieve facial palsy as well.

10. Kissing burns calories. I told you, it’s a workout – and no gym membership is needed either. A passionate kiss that lasts for at least 20 seconds can burn 2-3 calories per minute. Let’s not obsess on math, but you can be sure that a nice long kissing session can help you burn some of that raw brownie off that you are munching on (wait, I am munching on some raw brownies… hmm, I may need some kissing…).

It seems like kissing may just be one of the healthiest activities for all. What are you waiting for? Go find the love of your life and start kissing!

What if you haven’t found your significant other yet, are taking a break from the dating game for now or are too old for spin-the-bottle? For one, you can NEVER be too old for spin-the-bottle. Second, even loving and friendly kisses on the cheek can lead to amazing health benefits, helping you feel good in mind, body and soul. Find a friend or a family member and give them a big kiss.

If you are still not up for kissing, hugging is also a beautiful energy exchange of love and care.

Hugging has some powerful health benefits as well:

1. Hugging may lower your heart rate.

2. It may reduce stress, anxiety, anger and fear by stimulating oxytocin.

3. It may lower depression and increases happiness through the release of dopamine.

4. It may decrease loneliness and depression through the release of serotonin.

5. It may increase your immune system.

6. It may boost your self-esteem and self-confidence.

7. It may reduce your mortality.

Kissing or hugging: you can never have too much of it.

If you are looking for ways to express your love in other ways besides just kisses and hugs, read this amazing list and also visit our Organifi shop to get our Organifi Green Juice Powder and Biotic Balance Probiotic to help keep you, your love and even your gut energized and healthy.

Happy kissing! And don’t forget to share your first, your last, or your most memorable kissing experiences with us (keep it PG though). Share your comments below!

 

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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

 

 

 

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7 Documentaries That Will Change Your Life

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After not having Netflix for a few years, my husband and I gifted ourselves with a new membership this year.

This definitely holds the dangers of binge-watching some of my favorite TV reruns! Like Gilmore Girls (yep, I’m a fan!).

I bet you can relate.

There is, of course, a time and purpose for binging on your favorite series. I am not going to make you stop, don’t worry. But let’s face it: it is not so productive.

Thankfully, Netflix is full of some amazing documentaries that you can actually learn from! You CAN actually watch movies and call it EDUCATION!

Here is a list of 7 documentaries you MUST add to your Netflix queue this year.

If you don’t have Netflix, you can find most of these documentaries on Youtube, Amazon Prime and other places online.

1. Food, Inc. is an absolute must-watch if you are interested in where your food is coming from. Food Inc. explores the complexities of agriculture, how food companies control the food market and what your food is really made out of.

2. Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead is one of the best documentaries out there on juicing. Joe Cross, an Australian man living on the Standard Australian Diet (not better than the Standard American one) found himself overweight, dealing with various chronic illness and walking a road towards his deathbed. Wanting to live healthy, he set a goal to go on a 90-day juice-feast while traveling around the United States talking to Americans about their eating habits, their health challenges and the benefits of juicing.

Eventually, Joe lost weight, healed his ailments and became a well-known juicing advocate. His second movie, Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead 2 is also on Netflix.

3. Fed Up is one of the most recent documentaries on the Standard American Diet and the effects of food on your body. This film has actually made it to mainstream theaters, reaching the general public who may not be searching for documentaries on holistic health just yet. The film explores underlying reasons behind the ever-growing childhood obesity epidemic and talks in detail about the dangers of processed sugar.

4. Happy explores the secrets of happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, yet not all of us are. Maybe you are searching for more happiness in your life right now. So why are some countries so happy, while others are more depressed with high rates of suicide? Why is there such a need to know the secrets of happiness and why doesn’t it come naturally to all of us? This beautiful documentary brings you all the answers you are seeking.

5. Supersize Me is a classic documentary made over a decade ago and was one of the first documentaries made on the dangers of fast food and processed food. In this documentary, Morgan Spurlock goes on the McDonald’s diet for a few months and documents how his health and body weight changes over-time – for the worse.

6. Hungry for Change was created by the makers of the popular Food Matters. The documentary explores how our society eats food-like products instead of food, which is making us sick and overweight. It discusses the dangers of processed sugar and processed food. It goes into detail about how to create lasting health, weight loss and vibrancy.

7. The Secret is all about getting everything you want in life. It is not about a go-getter business attitude, but about an abundance mentality. The promise of the film is that you can have anything and everything you want – health, happiness, love, relationships, wealth, etc. – because the Universe has an abundant supply of it. Your mind is in control, all you need to do is to create an abundance mindset and learn to manifest your dreams. Guaranteed, this documentary will leave you inspired to create your best life yet.

If you are inspired to change your life, your health and your happiness levels after these documentaries – and you should be! – we are here to help YOU!

  • The FitLife.tv blog is full of amazing videos and articles that bring you valuable information to better your health and well-being with a goal to provide you the tools necessary to transform your life.
  • The Organifi Green Juice Powder is your hero when it comes to juicing without a juicer. Within a few seconds you can mix up a delicious and nutritious green drink and go about your day. Find it in our store. Biotic Balance Probiotics are some of the best probiotics you can find on the market with 50 billion beneficial bacteria. I personally feel the difference from taking them.

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Holistic Health & Happiness Coach at Kat Gal Coaching

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.